India is a huge country with people from varying cultures, languages, religion or community. In spite of such barriers or boundaries set all across this largest democracy of the world, there is one media or platform that connects us all. This media is Cinema.
The Indian Film Industry is also divided into different regions based on their specific languages. Nevertheless, we are still connected because of Cinema as we like similar entertainment, whether it’s a musical romantic film, action comedy or suspense thriller, we enjoy it all. To some extent, Bollywood, which is the core of Indian Film Industry, has brought us together as one community, but it also had its limits owing to the language barriers, especially in the South.
Lately, this barrier has seemed to vanish with a series of remakes for some of the popular movies across the country. Indian Film Industry is already an expert in following the trend of formula movies. Once a genre is successful in any industry, it prompts every filmmaker across the country to produce different movies targeting the same genre in different languages. Following such trends often turn out to be fruitful in the long run because the audience who don’t understand a specific language now can watch a popular movie in their own language with their own superstars and enjoy it. These trends have also encouraged the many film producers to remake movies which are either vastly acclaimed by critics or set major records at the box office.
So, here is a list of such special movie remakes which are remade into more than one different language:
Don (Hindi) Starring Shahrukh Khan
Don was a blockbuster Bollywood film of 70s, it was remade in Tamil as Billa starring Rajnikanth after so many years, Don was remade in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, Starring Shahrukh Khan, Ajith Kumar and Prabhas in lead roles. Other than the main story of the film Ajith Kumar’s Billa has a prequel movie which shows the making of Billa from a Common man. SRK’s Don has a sequel which shows the different story of the film. Don 3 is announced Starring Shahrukh Khan in Lead role.
Kadha Parayumbol (Malayalam)
The first film on our list is Billu which is actually the official remake of a Malayalam movie titled, Kadha Parayumbol starring Srinivasan and Mamooty in pivotal roles. In the Hindi remake of the movie, these actors were replaced by Irrfan Khan and Shahrukh Khan respectively. Owing to the impact of the emotional story, the movie was also remade into Tamil as Kuselan in 2009. The role of Mamooty was done by the Southern Mega Star, Rajnikanth while Pasupathy played the role of Srinivasan.
Wanted is a 2009 Bollywood movie directed by Prabhu Deva and starring Salman Khan in the lead role. The film, that actually rebuilt the failing career of Salman Khan, was actually an official remake of Telugu blockbuster Pokiri starring Mahesh Babu in the lead role. The popularity of the theme of the movie garnered accolades from every corner of India and prompted the filmmakers to remake the movie in multiple languages. Other remakes of Pokiri include Pokkiri in Tamil starring Vijay in the lead role and Rajotto in Bengali starring Darshan in the main role.
Ulta Palta 69 (Bengali)
Veera Madakari (Kannada)
Action Jasmine (Bengali)
Yet another South Indian remake of Bollywood directed by Prabhu Deva is Rowdy Rathore starring Akshay Kumar in double roles alongside Sonakshi Sinha as the main female lead in the movie. The movie was the official remake of 2006 Telugu blockbuster Vikramarkudu directed by S.S. Rajamouli, starring Ravi Teja in dual roles while Anushka Shetty played the female lead. The success of this Telugu blockbuster encouraged filmmakers from major regional film industry. It was remade in Tamil as Siruthai, Kannada as Veera Madakari, Indian Bengali as Action Jasmine and in Bangladeshi Bengali as Ulta Palta 69.
Drishyam is one of the latest films that released in 2015 sharing remakes in multiple languages. Originally, the remake of a 2013 Malayalam movie with the same title was later remade in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi owing to its huge success in the Malayalam Film Industry. In the original version of Drishyam in Malayalam, Mohanlal played one of his best roles as the main lead. The iconic character was donned by mega stars such of their respective industries such as Kamal Hassan in Papanasam (Tamil), Daggubati Venkatesh in Drushyam (Telugu) and Ajay Devgn in Drishyam (Hindi).
Chandra mukhi (Tamil,Telugu)
Bhool Bhulaiya is an official remake of 1993 Superhit Malayalam thriller Manichitrathazhu, starring Mohanlal, Shobhana and Suresh Gopi in the lead roles. The original movie came out to be the highest grosser of the year and was well acclaimed by the critics. After the success of Manichitrathazhu, it was officially remade in Kannada as Apthamitra, Telugu and Tamil as Chandramukhi, Bengali as Rajmohol and lastly in Hindi as Bhool Bhulaiyaa.
Bodyguard is one of the earliest top grosser movies of Salman Khan’s running golden era. As we all know that, most of his movies that made it to the 100-Crore club are the remakes of superhit South Indian cinema. Similarly, Bodyguard was also an official remake of Malayalam movie with the same title, starring Dileep and Nayanthara in the lead roles. In its Hindi remake, these roles were reprise by Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor. The movie was also remade in Tamil as Kaavalan starring Vijay and Asin in the lead roles. Owing to its success, the movie was then remade in Kannada, Telugu and Bengali with the same title.